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Chris Kyle's career as a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper lasted only a decade, but he racked up more confirmed kills than any other sniper in U.S. history. Kyle obliterated the previous American sniper record of 109 confirmed kills during his career, racking up 150.

Kyle, like many Texas youngsters, was raised with hunting rifles. He was taught to shoot by his father and honed his skills in the Navy. In 1999, he began his career as one of the world's finest snipers. He even once recorded a 2,100-yard kill shot while under fire.

Nicknamed either "The Devil" or "The Legend" depending on if he's on your team or not, Kyle was also a family man. His wife Taya weighs in throughout the book on how they managed to juggle a home life, a family and a war. Kyle was honorably discharged in 2009, planning to spend more time with his wife and two children. Tragically, Kyle was shot and killed at a Chalk Mountain, Texas, shooting range in February 2013.

American Sniper is Kyle's autobiography, remembering in great detail the highs and lows of his four combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as his missions in other countries around the world. In writing his memoir, Kyle manages to talk about military involvement in the Middle East while remaining non-political. He talks of rescuing Marines under heavy fire in Fallujah, of being shot twice and of hand-to-hand combat with insurgents in Ramadi. He also openly discusses the pain and grief caused by losing two close friends in war.

Kyle penned American Sniper with the help of Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. McEwen is a lawyer from California. DeFelice is known for his biography of Omar Bradley, titled Omar Bradley: General at War. He has also written several fiction works, primarily military thrillers.

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers …

From 1999 to 2009, US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and US Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the war on terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle also talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyle’s fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle’s wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the elite community of US Navy SEAL warriors, one man has risen above our ranks and distinguished himself as unique. Chris Kyle is that man. A master sniper, Kyle has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come, not only by the American military, but by those who stood against us in battle and bore witness to the awesome effectiveness of the world’s most lethal sniper.”

    Marcus Luttrell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Survivor

  • American Sniper is the inside story of what it’s like to be in war. It’s a classic. A brave warrior and patriot, Chris Kyle writes frankly about the missions, personal challenges, and hard choices that are part of the daily life of an elite SEAL sniper.”

    Richard Marcinko, USN (ret.), New York Times bestselling author of Rogue Warrior

  • “Kyle recounts his bloody tales of war with deadly accuracy. Skillfully narrated by John Pruden, these fascinating war stories offer insight in the perils of modern combat. Pruden’s tone is that of a Navy SEAL: calm, cool, and collected. And he never falters in recounting the author’s impressive skills on the battlefield…While Kyle’s story is gripping in its own right, Pruden’s outstanding narration brings the story to life with brutal realism. Pruden is a man possessed in this account; he embodies Kyle from start to finish. The result is truly chilling listening.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reads like a first-person thriller…The book never glorifies what Kyle did for a living, but it’s not an apologia, either. Kyle doesn’t spend a lot of time justifying his chosen profession, preferring instead to give readers a sense of what it is like to be a sniper, which lets us speculate as to whether we would have what it takes, if the the situation called for it. A first-rate military memoir.”


  • “This well-crafted story makes one laugh and cry and is essential for understanding those who have given themselves to the American military in the long struggle against terrorism. John Pruden’s masterly narration is well placed and incorporates a skillful use of accents. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The raw and unforgettable narrative of the making of our country’s record-holding sniper, Chris Kyle’s memoir is a powerful book, both in terms of combat action and human drama. Chief Kyle is a true American warrior down tot he bones, the Carlos Hathcock of a new generation.”

    Charles W. Sasser, US Army Green Beret (ret.), and author of One Shot, One Kill

  • “This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Walter Straus | 1/24/2014

    " A harrowing account of the war in Iraq. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Anderson | 1/19/2014

    " Great read if you like war stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan Drew | 1/10/2014

    " Chalk up another to the Navy SEAL collection. This was a good read and outlined Chris Kyle's unbelievable accounts in action. It took a different perspective than the number of other SEAL books I have read and to me felt like a collection of stories and various adventures coupled with Chris and his wife's perspective on balancing life at home. All in all a very interesting read as it gave another view of action overseas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn Coenen | 12/28/2013

    " He told it like it was! "

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